That’s it. End of column … Have a nice day!
Seriously though, this entire Bargain Bin article could be made up by the entire Twins batting order. Minnesota is loaded with right-handed sluggers who are extremely good against left-handed pitching. Detroit’s Kyle Lobstein has gotten rocked by righties this season (.376 wOBA), so it doesn’t take long to do the math.
Seemingly every member of the Twins is in play tonight, whether representing a tournament option (Plouffe, Suzuki, Hunter) or viable cash game play (Hicks, Dozier, Sano, Escobar).
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Brian Dozier – 2B – MIN (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
This is the type of matchup Dozier was built for. We all know he’s a lefty-masher, especially at home. Now he’ll face a bottom-tier southpaw in Kyle Lobstein, who has allowed a .376 wOBA against right-handed hitters this season. As the proverbial cherry on top, Dozier’s salary is the lowest we’ve seen in a while.
Aaron Hicks – OF – MIN (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Hicks and Dozier make for a fantastic 1-2 punch in your FanDuel lineup, as they literally hit 1-2 in the Twins’ batting order. Hicks was a fantasy beast before missing a couple of weeks last month. However, it looks like he’s reclaiming that title once again. Hicks has scored in 6 of his last 7 games, reaching base in 9 straight contests, holding homerun/stolen base upside along the way.
David Peralta – OF – ARI (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Peralta just keeps hitting the ball, riding a 10-game hit streak at the moment. Despite that, his salary is still at a reasonably low level, mostly due to a lack of high-upside games over the past few weeks. However, the way Peralta is making contact, a gaudy fantasy total isn’t out of the question. A matchup against James Shields (.372 wOBA vs LHB) in Arizona’s hitter-friendly park may help him achieve it.
Also Consider: Marcus Semien – SS – OAK
Brandon Guyer – OF – TB (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
The Rays take on C.C. Sabathia today, who owns a .369 wOBA against right-handed hitters. Guyer, Forsythe, and Longoria all make for excellent plays in this righty/lefty draw, but Guyer and Longoria are probably the most realistic acquisitions (I’d rather have Dozier over Forsythe at 2B). Guyer will likely be hitting leadoff in this spot, adding up to a solid value filler in the outfield.
Justin Turner – 3B – LAD (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Turner isn’t necessarily a “punt play”, but he does represent solid value (for both cash games and tournaments) in this matchup. The Dodgers’ third baseman has been notoriously better against right-handed pitching than left this season, and he’ll face a hurler that feeds into that split quite well. Colorado’s Jon Gray is a right-handed tosser who allows a hearty .385 wOBA mark against right-handed hitters. I can’t envision a much better matchup for Turner, who is coming off back-to-back solid games.
Nolan Reimold – OF – BAL (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Reimold is absolutely on fire right now, and there’s a chance he’ll be hitting in the top half of Baltimore’s order tonight (perhaps leadoff or second). Over the past four games, Reimold has piled up 6 hits, 2 homers, 6 RBI’s, 6 runs, and 5 walks. Now he’ll face Boston left-handed rookie Eduardo Rodriguez, who has been all over the place this season (especially in the HR department).
Also Consider: Mike Napoli – 1B – TEX
Steve Pearce – OF – BAL (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Pearce has been known as a notorious lefty-masher over the past several season; however, he hasn’t really lived up to that title this year. Still, he may be worth a look for near minimum salary against an erratic left-handed tosser that has a susceptibility to the deep ball. If it makes you feel any better, Pearce is gaining confidence with 3 hits, 1 double, and 1 homer over his past two starts.
Trevor Plouffe – 3B – MIN (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Evan Longoria is probably the better cash game pick if you can work him in. However, Plouffe is quite a bit cheaper at $2400, representing similar upside in a matchup outline earlier. The only hesitation with Plouffe comes from his inconsistency, which is why he profiles more on the tournament side. However, he makes for a reasonable risk in cash games if you need the extra cap space. Plus, he has racked up 7 hits over the past three games.
Aaron Altherr – OF – PHI (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
For all intents and purposes, Washington pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has taken a small step back this season, allowing more hard contact than the previous years. Despite this, many people still shy away from hitters against him, which could create a nice, low-owned tournament proposition for several of the Philadelphia bats. Aaron Altherr is one of the better, high-upside ways to attack, as he has put up some gaudy fantasy totals over the past few weeks.
Also Consider: Josh Phegley – C – OAK